Microsoft's famed Word Flow keyboard is coming to iOS

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I never have been a fan of Swype or other swipe/flow keyboards. SwiftKey has it, but I keep that feature disabled. I prefer the predictive keyboard. Works great for me. I have the stock keyboard deleted.
 

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Microsoft's "Word Flow" keyboard for iPhone has launched in the U.S. App Store.

I’m not a big fan of third-party keyboards (I don’t currently use a single one), but I’ll probably give this one a try, play with it for a few minutes, then delete it.
 

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Here are some early thoughts on this third-party keyboard. Keep in mind I’ve used it a total of one or two hours tops.

I definitely love it for the “eye candy” aspect. It has some decent built-in themes and it lets you make new ones with ease. I love spectrums so I used a photo of one to make the following custom keyboard. It was a piece of cake:

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As you’re creating your theme, you get fine-grain control over the color of the letters of the keys:

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If you’ve typed out an entire pagraph and have to go back, the delete-backspace key gets the job done quite quickly. More quickly than the stock keyboard, although I haven’t run any kind of scientific test to verify this.

As far as function, though, I found that many typos went unchecked. My typing accuracy (or rather, the accuracy of the algorithms which keep my typing output accurate even when my actual typing isn’t) suffered considerably. I was typing some text to a friend and I got frustrated at the number of typos that went unchecked so I had to switch back to the stock keyboard to complete what I was typing more efficiently.

I would like to see even more customization options. Why not allow customization of the key-click sound? What if, instead of actual key “clicks," I want to hear a cat’s meow every time a type a letter? Not the same exact meow each time, mind you—I’d like to get different meows with each keystroke, randomly selected. Maybe an angry meow from a cat with a deep voice at times, and a happy meow from a cat with a high-pitched voice others. Also, throw in a cat hissing every once in a while.
 

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Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard continues to perform inferiorly to the built-in iOS keyboard vis-à-vis the spelling correction and predictive text functions, even after the recent update.

And now that the built-in iOS keyboard can spell-check and provide predictive text in more than one language simultaneously, the clear choice for productivity is the built-in iOS keyboard.

However, for looks, Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard is the clear winner. Below is a recent keyboard I created. I switch to it sometimes because it’s so attractive, but then get frustrated with its performance and have to switch back to the built-in iOS keyboard. If Apple ever decided to add customization options like the “wallpaper” I used below, I’d truly get the best of both worlds.

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Do these third-party keyboards not have access to the same spell check/predictive text engine as iOS keyboards?
 

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The only thing Word Flow does that SwiftKey does not, is offer background pics on the keyboard. SwiftKey is still the smartest keyboard. I've tested it several times against all the major 3rd party keyboards as well as the stock.
 

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The only thing Word Flow does that SwiftKey does not, is offer background pics on the keyboard. SwiftKey is still the smartest keyboard. I've tested it several times against all the major 3rd party keyboards as well as the stock.
I also prefer SwiftKey to other keyboards I've tried, including Swype.

I don't need pictures as a background on my keyboard, either.
 
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I've tried the MS, SwifyKey and Swype and still prefer GBoard (iTunes link). It has the Swype/SK feature to type without lifting, as well as cursor control by swiping around after starting on the spacebar. It supports background themes and quick selection of emoji, images & info from the web and gifs. It has become my favorite. I do wish Apple would allow use of the dictation feature for 3rd party keyboards though.
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I've tried the MS, SwifyKey and Swype and still prefer GBoard (iTunes link). It has the Swype/SK feature to type without lifting, as well as cursor control by swiping around after starting on the spacebar. It supports background themes and quick selection of emoji, images & info from the web and gifs. It has become my favorite. I do wish Apple would allow use of the dictation feature for 3rd party keyboards though. View attachment 44886
I will try your GBoard, Stranger from the Digital Wilderness.